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“This Sweet Life” – Putting the Finishing Touches on a Picture Perfect, Palm Springs Family Home


When it comes to creating a family home to shout about, Natalie Sullivan and her husband make for a bit of a dream team.

Of course, it helps if one of you is a builder by trade!

Together, they visualised a Palm Springs-inspired property that would be home to them and their three children for the foreseeable future, and Natalie’s husband set about turning the dream into a physical reality.

They have spent the past three and a half years working their way through the house to infuse it with their own style and décor touches – with Natalie documenting the progress via room reveals on her blog, “This Sweet Life”.

The Harmonious Balance of a Sliding Barn DoorDoors Plus - Barn Door in the background

The main living space is a bright and airy, open plan area that harmonises seamlessly between kitchen and lounge, between functionality and free-flowing family living.

They knew from the start that they wanted to embrace the sliding barn door style to separate the central hub of the home from the hallway to the children’s rooms – not only for the aesthetic elegance of this popular look, but also to create a separation between the living space and the children’s bedrooms.

Natalie and her husband were drawn to the balance of understated style and contemporary charm, with the practicality of a door that glides smoothly into place when you need it.

It was just a question of finding the right sliding barn door to complement and enhance their already beautiful home.

Image Credit: Instagram @thissweetlife

Clean Lines & Effortless Chic

On the lookout for their ideal match, Natalie came across Doors Plus while browsing other accounts on Instagram.

Some beautiful door designs caught her eye, so she jumped onto the Doors Plus website to see what she could find.

Before long, she had her heart set on the Glengary barn door from Doors Plus. She says, “I really liked this particular door because of its nice, clean lines.”Doors Plus - Carbon Black Track for Barn Door

They therefore opted to have their new door painted white, in keeping with the fresh and contemporary interior of their dream home.

From the various hardware options on offer, they chose the black carbon steel track as a stunning complement to the white finish.

As Natalie says, “It’s just a gorgeous, classic but modern barn door.”

As Natalie explains, there is a wide array of additional features and hardware that you can add to the Glengary door, but they decided to leave it as it is: “We love that clean look and felt that it’s beautiful just the way it is, and that nothing needed to be added.”

The effect is a sleek and stylish yet warm and homely door that slides to close when it suits the family.

This allows a separation between the main living area and the hallway to the bedrooms, keeping the noise down and maintaining privacy when needed, without sacrificing the flow of the open plan home.

A Truly “No Fuss” Experience

Being a builder, Natalie’s husband has more experience than most when it comes to installing doors into people’s homes.Doors Plus - Barn door and kid

He knows what the process should involve, and what a job well done looks like.

It is therefore testament to the quality of service and craftsmanship that they enjoyed from product selection to installation that he says he would have no hesitation in recommending Doors Plus.

Natalie says, “Honestly, there really was no fuss in organising this door and we’re just so happy that we went with this company.”

She commends the members of the Doors Plus team that they worked with to select, measure, deliver and install their door, describing them as “absolutely lovely and fantastic to deal with.”

As she reflects on the experience as a whole, she says she has no reservations: “If anyone is looking for any type of door in their home, they should definitely check out Doors Plus, No Fuss.

They’ve got a huge range for the entire house, and our experience was personally amazing. I could not fault it.”

Not only have Natalie and her husband created an idyllic family home, embodying both a classic warmth and an effortlessly modern style, but they also rent the property out on AirBnB from time and time and invite other families to benefit from the environment they have so intentionally curated.

Natalie says, “It makes me really happy to see other families enjoying the property.”

Credit: Instagram @thissweetlife

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